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Faces of Hope luncheon supports kids cancer camp

If you want to help send a child dealing with cancer to Camp Esperanza next summer, put the Oct. 24 Faces of Hope luncheon at Rolling Hills Country Club on your calendar.

Doreen Bruner, executive director of the Bridewell Foundation, says the organization sends 140 children to the event at Camp John Marc every July for a week of fun-filled activities at no cost to the families.

“Camp Esperanza isn’t about cancer. Cancer is a disease that interrupts childhood with hospitals and medications and worry. Camp Esperanza interrupts cancer to let kids be kids,” says Bruner.

Keynote speaker will be Osato Agboaye, an Arlington resident and former camper who is now a camp counselor.

Bruner said guests at the luncheon will love Agboaye’s moving account of his camp experience. Guests will receive a raffle ticket as they enter the event and drawings throughout the morning will award gifts valued at $25 and up.

Bruner said Agboaye will perform a song he wrote at camp while a video about Camp Esperanza plays.

Tickets are $50 each. Make reservations by contacting Bruner at 817-633-2332 or

— Faye Reeder

Change of days for tax assessor’s public forum

The Tarrant County tax assessor’s office will hold a public forum tonight in Arlington to answer questions about tax issues. The forum, set for 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Arlington Subcourthouse, 700 E. Abram St., was originally scheduled for Thursday.

Residents can find out how property values are determined, if they qualify for exemptions, how to transfer car titles and how to get a TollTag as well as tax office payment plans.

For more information, call 817-884-1100.

Family Sports Challenge set for Oct. 25 at athletic center

Make some priceless family memories at the overnight Family Sports Challenge coming up Oct. 25 at the Elzie Odom Athletic Center, at 1601 NE Green Oaks Blvd.

Families will have a blast participating in archery, rock-climbing, three-legged races and shooting free throws. It can be an intrafamily competition or maybe round up your friends and see who gets bragging rights in some fun interfamily contests.

Center manager Ernie Smith says, “We feel it is important for families to play and enjoy time together. This is a very low-key challenge to get families involved. This is our first-year event, and I hope it creates an annual traditional for families.”

There will be a hot dog supper, and the evening will close with a movie in the arena area. Remember to bring your sleeping bag. The event starts Oct. 25 and ends at 7 a.m. Oct. 26.

The cost is $10 per person, and the event is open to ages 3 and up. Children must be accompanied by their parent or guardian.

Pre-registration is required. Call 817-459-6434 to sign up.

— Faye Reeder

Arlington Master Chorale to perform Thursday, Friday

Arlington Master Chorale will perform “Soul Searching: Songs for the Soul III” at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1200 W. Green Oaks Bvld., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Performing with the chorus will be the Lamar High School and Gunn Junior High school choirs. Under the direction of Randy Jordan, the program with themes of love, peace, eternity, happiness, joy and redemption is meant to move the soul.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students and are available at the door. Contact the chorus at 817-460-SING.

— Faye Reeder

ESPN co-founder to visit for Maverick Speakers Series

Bill Rasmussen will share his story of creating sports network ESPN in a free public event at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24.

Rasmussen and his son pioneered several sports news and broadcast formats including SportsCenter, full coverage of the NCAA basketball regular season and March Madness, and the College World Series. ESPN started off with 80 employee and now has more than 6,000.

Rasmussen will speak as a part of the University of Texas at Arlington’s Maverick Speakers Series. Tickets to the Texas Hall event are free; preferred seating is available for $25 and includes easy access to parking and a book-signing.

Tickets are available at

— Monica S. Nagy

Junior League to host open house Tuesday

Common issues women contemplate: What is the best way to get involved in the community? How can I learn new skills outside of my work environment? How can I forge new friendships with smart, caring women? How can I have fun and contribute as a community volunteer at the same time?

An open house Tuesday at the Junior League of Arlington headquarters will answer these questions and more for prospective new members.

Ladies of any age over 21 are urged to drop by the meeting and learn what being a member is all about.

And JLA membership has no restrictions on residency; members live across the area.

Membership Vice President Emily Swanson said, “We currently have one of the largest provisional classes in JLA history — 42 ladies. And we have another class starting in January 2014, and we are looking for more new members.”

Swanson explained the mission of the organization as “a nonprofit, educational and charitable organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.”

She added, “Our current community projects include: Make-A-Wish, Community Partners of Tarrant County, Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington, Mission Arlington, AIDS outreach, Alliance for Children and All Star Equestrian.”

“We also host a back-to-school fair in August and the Glass Slipper Boutique in the spring. We hold two fundraisers, Holiday Magic and Tee Up for Charity golf tournament.”

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Center for Community Service, 4002 W. Pioneer Parkway. To make reservations or inquiries, contact Swanson at or call 817-277-9481

— Faye Reeder


Grand Prairie theater seeks ugly lamps

Homely fixtures can finally be fully appreciated during the Lit on Main Ugly Lamp Contest, running from Nov. 27 through the month of December at the Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St. in Grand Prairie.

Entries are due by Nov. 22 in order to make the opening of the display.

Late entries will be added to the display until Dec. 6.

Lamps will be exhibited in the window of the Uptown Theater during December. Entry is free.

Whether it was once a dreadful Christmas present, part of a dubious inheritance, or a craft project gone awry, almost any laughable lamp is a potential winner in the contest.

Lamps must be in working order, able to sit on a table or stand on the floor, be a reasonable weight, and not made of harmful materials like barbed wire or broken glass.

No religious, political or sexually themed lamps will be accepted, no matter how awful they appear.

Lamp owners must complete an entry form available at, attach it to the lamp and drop it off.

First-place winner will receive four tickets to the show of their choice at Uptown Theater during 2014; second-place winner gets two tickets. Third place fetches a $25 Visa gift card.

For more information, call 972-237-8086 or check out

— Shirley Jinkins


Comprehensive cancer care network formed

Texas Health Resources recently partnered with Cancer Support Community North Texas and created one of the most comprehensive cancer care networks in North Texas.

A grand opening of the Cancer Support Community Club House was held Oct. 3 at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance.

Cancer Support Community North Texas provides information for patients and families about treatment options and helps with managing the illness and coping with emotions related to the disease.

The support group also provides wellness education and support for managing disruptions in work, school and family relationships. All services are free.

Additional support includes educational presentations, support groups, networking groups, a children’s support program, social events, nutrition seminars, workshops such as yoga, meditation and reiki and bereavement support.

For more information, go to

— Susan McFarland


Classic car show will benefit historic society

On Saturday, the Westlake Historical Preservation Society will host Westlake’s annual classic car show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the Solana Health and Fitness Club at 2902 Sam School Road.

More than 80 classic cars from the golden ear of the automobile, 1909 to 1959, will be on display at this free event. Entry fee for cars is $20.

This third annual fundraiser for the local historical society will also offer food and beverages for purchase, music and an award presentation at 3 p.m.

For more information go to

— Susan McFarland



Healthcare seminar set for Saturday at church

A free public seminar and information session will be held at First Jefferson Church, 1959 Sandy Lane in Fort Worth, at noon Saturday.

Speakers from the Health and Human Services Department, Area Agency on Aging, the Livens Law Firm, Edward Jones and other organizations will address Medicare, Social Security, the Affordable Health Care Act and long-term-care issues.

Young working people, retirees or near-retirees, disabled persons, caretakers, family, friends and anyone else who is interested may attend.

— Shirley Jinkins

All you ever wanted to know about zombies ...

Curious about zombie invasions? Or how zombies have changed over the years and decades?

Texas Wesleyan University’s Kaeli Vandertulip will talk about this and more during “An Examination of Zombie Humor in Geek Culture” at 3 p.m. Oct. 27 in the West Library at TWU, 1201 Wesleyan St.

— Anna M. Tinsley

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